Research in the area of communication examines processes of private and public communication through media and technology, and its infrastructural conditions. Analyses focus on the changes in media-based communication methods and topics communicated, as well as the resulting effects on individuals, society, politics and gender relations. The main research topics currently cover the areas of (1) journalism, (2) political communication and media policy, (3) advertising and public relations, (4) media history and media innovation/new media, as well as (5) the development of methods.